Port Elizabeth snooker player Charl Jonck will test himself against the country’s leading players when the SPAR South African snooker championships begin at the Hellenic Hall in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
The singles championship, which will see 64 snooker exponents vying for the national title, will end on Saturday and will be followed by the 6 Reds event from June 24 to 27.
Whereas snooker is played with 15 red balls, the 6 Reds format is played with six red balls and six colour balls. It will have a field of 34 players competing over the four days.
South Africa Cue Sports marketing director Cyril Dupouy said Jonck was one of the form players and a strong contender for the singles title.
“Charl has been making 147 breaks and he is playing like a demon,” he said.
“Because he is playing in his first national singles championship he is not seeded, but he is capable of making a big impact.”
The top 64 players in the country were invited to compete in the championship, with substitutes filling in if any of those were unable to play.
“Players like Faris Kahn, Mutalieb Allie, who was the African Masters runner-up this year, and Fakhrie Gierdien, the SA singles champion from 2013 to 2015, will all be there and they will be strong contenders for the title,” said Dupouy.
Nelson Mandela Bay Snooker Association chairman Mark Seymour said they were delighted to be hosting the championships.
“Our members are very excited to be able to participate this year as there are no travelling constraints this time,” he said.
“We are looking forward to renewing long-standing friendships within the snooker fraternity in our friendly city of Nelson Mandela Bay.”